As a result of building owners’ negligence, people slip and fall all the time. While most people end up feeling fine after an incident, the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that approximately 8,000,000 emergency room visits occur annually as a result of slip and falls.
One action to always take after a slip and fall is to consult with an attorney. However, you want to make sure you do not jeopardize your claim by failing to take specific actions in the aftermath of the accident.
1. Failing to collect evidence
You can be certain the building owner will take steps to repair the unsafe condition that made you trip. Therefore, you always want to take pictures of what caused the injury. That means taking a picture of the puddle and noting whether there was a “Caution” sign next to it.
2. Not following doctor’s instructions
You should see a doctor after the incident. In the event you sustained injuries, your doctor will likely prescribe medication or recommend physical therapy. If you fall into that camp, then you want to follow that advice precisely. Your insurance company will use any gap in treatment to get out of paying as much.
3. Not telling the manager of the accident
You should not leave the property without making sure the person in charge knows about what happened. A store manager needs to file an incident report. You do not need to provide a lot of details for this, but everyone needs to be on the same page of what happened.
4. Signing anything your insurance agency gives you
You are under no obligation to sign anything your insurance company gives you until you have your lawyer look it. Some agencies will try to trick you into signing medical release forms. Additionally, you should avoid talking to an insurance representative until you have your attorney with you.